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    Anyone ever access Coghill River from the salt? Care to share any tips?

    Would love to try to fly fish the river for sockeye. Thinking I would drop in the kayaks and paddle in and see what it's like.

    Snagging outside the mouth an option?

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    I have snagged from the mouth. I think that I got lucky and was there at the magical moment when the commercial fishery was not open and the fish were stacked at the mouth. I was not able to get into the river with my boat. I did not try very hard.

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    15 horse on a 10' Sorenson doesn't get very far up stream until current is too much. Watch out for the float planes though. A friend went diving when one took off while fishing the lower river. Just missed him. Slayed them at times in the salt, other times dead.

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    Very much a hit-or-miss fishery. I've had no problems navigating a 10ft dinghy with a 6hp Tohatsu right up to the weir. Caught many Dollies, pinks and a cutthroat trout. Never did too well on reds...

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    Hit-or-miss for sure, on 7/12/12 we killed the reds in the salt water around the mouth, last year we were in there a few times in early July 8th-12th and couldn't find a red!.....thinking it has a lot to do with the gill net openings! we'll try it again this tear too tho.....
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    You definitely have to miss the openings for the commercials if snagging at coghill. They do a very thorough job of doing their job.

    The year that we got into them was also 2012 and we were there over the weekend of the 4th of July. Ham - mmer - erred THEM. That run was much larger than forecasted if I remember right.

    Last year we checked a couple times for nothing (and it is quite a run to just check on reds).

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    that run peaks right around the 4th of July. They seem to run into there very deep then pour over the steep shelf outside the lagoon, always was a hit or miss fishery, one guy gets a set for 800 and guy next to him gets 50 ???

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    Well I'm heading over to Homer this weekend and will leave the boat there for a month Easier to fill the freezer by hitting the chicken holes with my family of 7. Won't see the Sound again till Aug.

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